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Edwin A. Hardy, 1867-1952

Secretary of Ontario Library Assn., 1900-25

Edwin Austin Hardy was born at Laconia, New Hampshire, on 30 August 1867. Shorlty afterward, his parents moved to Uxbridge, Ontario, where he received his schooling. Hardy's principle profession was teaching, but beginning in 1894, when he became a library trustee at Lindsay, he also championed the cause of public libraries across the province. He was a driving force in the foundation of the Ontario Library Association in 1900 and served as its secretary for a quarter century. He was president of the association in 1925/26.

Hardy promoted many library reforms and was a primary organizer of annual meetings of the OLA for many years. He published The public library: its place in our educational system in 1912. Hardy died in Toronto on 31 October 1952.

Photo caption: Edwin Austin Hardy, no date (before 1926)
Photo source: Ontario Library Association; an historical sketch 1900-1926
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